So sad. Oscar de la Renta, who dressed generations of celebrities, has died after battling cancer, a family member told ABC News. He was 82 years old.
Oscar de la Renta Dead — Legendary Fashion Designer Dies At 82
Oscar, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, was 82 years old at the time of his death.
Oscar became interested in fashion when he was studying art in Spain, according to ABC News, and he found fame in the 1960s when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs. Soon thereafter, he launched his own label in 1965.
Since Jackie Kennedy, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush have frequently worn Oscar de la Renta gowns.
Hillary recently introduced a retrospective of his designs, saying, “His name alone evokes elegance and timeless beauty. And his designs give each of us a chance to feel like we’re special, too,” according to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Variety.
Other famous women who appreciated his work were Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz, Taylor Swift, and Jessica Chastain.
Shortly before his death, Amal spoke fondly of Oscar, the genius responsible for her beautiful wedding gown.
“George [Clooney] and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” she told Vogue magazine about the designer, who was on hand at her final fitting at his atelier. “Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”
Oscar is survived by his wife, Annette Engelhard, and adopted son Moises de la Renta. He was also married to Françoise de Langlade, an editor-in-chief of French Vogue, until her death in 1983. He has stepchildren with both wives.
Our thoughts go out to Oscar de la Renta’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers